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Shoot Like a Girl aims to teach women archery

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Archery is gaining a lot of ground lately, and Shoot Like a Girl teaches women how to properly shoot a bow and arrow. Archery is gaining a lot of ground lately, and Shoot Like a Girl teaches women how to properly shoot a bow and arrow.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The concept of Shoot Like a Girl came about when Karen Butler and a friend won a competition in Colorado Springs.

"I was at an event that Karen was at and Shoot Like a Girl was set up, and I thought it looked really neat and I went over and I did the test flight and I felt really empowered," said Valeria Wells.

She said she's always been active in sports and running but had no upper body strength. But she said it wasn't too terribly tough. 

"When you pull that bow back, it does take strength and it does take the confidence that you can do it," added Wells.

"All the boys started saying, 'Look at the girlies go!' and we said, 'Yeah, we shoot like a girl!' and we were proud of that statement and that's how the concept for Shoot Like a Girl began," said Karen Butler, president of Shoot Like a Girl.

Butler said thanks to movies and social media, archery is gaining a lot of ground these days.  

"We travel around the country and we introduce women to archery in a safe, controlled environment. We've put over 2000 women through what we call a test flight and about 70 percent are first time, never-shot-a-bow-before shooters," said Butler.

Wells, a Madison resident, said she's being run through the steps again by Butler.  

"Trust me. If I can do it, anyone can do it," said Wells.

It's always best when you're just starting out to have a pro to guide you through everything. That means you won't be pointing that arrow up, and nobody's going to get hurt. 

The archery range at Point Mallard is brand new. It's one of five ranges you can find to "shoot like a girl" throughout Bobby's Bama. 

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